Racism, being prejudiced in thought or action against someone based upon their skin color, is a horrible sin. Yes, sin! Due to humanity’s broken nature, racism (along with all of the many other sins in the world) floats to the surface of the heart, even from time to time in the most godly and righteous of people. However, wrong is still wrong and evil is still evil.
It is good for a society to legislate laws against racism, but those laws do not accomplish the final step in eradicating racism. We must each bring our own heart into alignment with God’s Word and act accordingly in holy love:
“Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”
~ 1 Peter 3:8-9
A common reaction to racism is… racism. Sometimes, people of race “A” treat the people of race “B” as being much lower than race “A.” Race “B” recognizes and feels the horrible racism, so they react with their own model of racism: that their own race is better than race “A.” This too is wrong.
Both models are still racism. “Affirming” that one race is “better” or is “worse” than another is racism. Being a victim of racism does not transform a racist reaction into innocent righteousness. Fighting racism with racism is nothing short of just plain old-fashioned revenge.
So, in our country’s current racial conflicts, which race should be the first to capitulate? Which race is more right, and which race is more wrong? The roots of racism are in the hearts of individuals, and roots in the heart cannot be legislated into change. It requires each individual surrendering to the Spirit of Christ, forgiving the past, and each person deciding to be big enough and full of enough love to not react to the evils of others that are showered upon them. Only then will any group efforts in society be of any real value in the battle against society’s racism.
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